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Gatkes

long underwear; longjohns

This word originally just referred to long underwear worn in the wintertime, but has taken on the general meaning of "underwear" regardless of its size or seasonal use. The etymological origins of this word are unclear, but it was likely the last name of a producer of these types of underwear.

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